The U.S. Senate is set to vote Monday on a tax bill that would levy new fees on people who download digital products including movies, music, apps, and even WordPress themes.
The U.S. Senate begins debate on a proposed law that would require Internet retailers to collect sales taxes around the country, despite objections from online sellers that the bill goes too far.
Internet tax supporters, with backing from Walmart, Macy's, and Best Buy, are hoping a Senate vote will give them enough political leverage to require Americans to pay sales tax when shopping online.
Senators vote 75 to 24 to glue an endorsement of Internet sales taxes onto a Democratic budget bill, despite opponents predicting the idea is antibusiness and a "bureaucratic nightmare."
Some lawmakers have reintroduced the Marketplace Fairness Act, a bill that would allow states to grab sales tax from large e-tailers.
The halcyon days of tax-free Internet shopping may soon be over, if Congress approves a proposed federal law supported by Wal-Mart and other big-box stores.
The retail giant favors collecting sales tax from online vendors, but only if the rules apply to virtually all businesses.
eBay, a critic of new Internet tax legislation, will tell a congressional committee that big box stores aren't hurting online. Instead, they're rapidly gaining market share.
Internet tax bill introduced today would force Amazon.com, Overstock.com, Blue Nile, and other online retailers to collect sales taxes if they do more than $500,000 in "remote sales."
Two GOP politicians are going further than Democrats with proposal targeting Amazon.com and other online retailers, CNET has learned. Conservative tax groups are crying foul.